Politicians tend to put a spin on almost everything and even try to say they didn’t say something when there are often multiple pieces of evidence – like video of them saying it – that exist.
Andros Townsend’s father in the same kind of way today is trying to put a spin on why his son left Newcastle after we were relegated in May.
Andros would have loved to have stayed but ……
Andros Townsend and Rafa Benitez
In fact Andros left in late June before pre-season training even started and he was taking care of his own interests and was the first of four big-name players who left Newcastle to remain in the Premier League.
Gini Wijnaldum, Daryl Janmaat and Moussa Sissoko would the other three.
Andros had every right to leave Newcastle and in fact it was written into his contract that he could leave if a club offered £13M which was £1M more than we paid for him from Tottenham.
Given how Rafa had resurrected the player, Andros was a bargain at just £13M after Newcastle had been accused of overpaying for him in January.
But you cannot have it both ways, so you cannot leave and then expect fans to still treat you with the same affection you had at the club – or if you had stayed.
Here’s what Troy’s father Troy told TalkSport:
“It was a tug-of-war situation.” “I mean, Rafa done absolute wonders for him, ideally he would have loved to stay at the club.”
“But if you’re going to be noticed, if you’re going be recognized – obviously he had a massive disappointment in the summer missing out on the final Euro 2016 squad.”
“And if you’re going to get yourself back in the area that he wants to be, then unfortunately the Premier League is the only place to be.”
“That’s obviously disappointing for Newcastle fans.” (yes, that’s right)
“But for the six months he was there I’m not sure there was no other player – well there was a few – that put their heart and soul to try and keep that club where it rightly deserves to be.”
“I know that some fans have not taken it in the right way and I can understand that, but it just goes to prove how much he did do in the time he was there.”
Good try but no banana.
And to be fair to Andros he did work his socks off for us and was one of our very best players during the run-in, which is even more reason why fans wanted him to stay for what we hope is just one season down below.
Newcastle fans admire players who are loyal to the club – like Vurnon Anita, Jonjo Shelvey and others who didn’t want to leave Newcastle and stayed loyal even through we took the drop.
Fans also admire some of our new players like Matt Ritchie and Dwight Gayle who dropped down from the Premier League to join Newcastle in the summer.
But it’s all done now and life goes on for both Andros and for Newcastle.
It will be interesting to see how Andros and the other three players who left us are doing in a couple of years time compared with how Newcastle are faring.
In fact it could become very interesting.